The AP made the grave mistake last night of putting words in the mouth of the never-say-die Clinton campaign. She’ll acknowledge his undeniable clinching of the delegate total, but that is not the same as conceding the race. Not even suspending her vacuous money pit of a campaign as Mitt Romney did. Even Clinton’s campaign staffers are mincing their words. There is no question that this campaign season, extended to the final day of primaries (the 1 million or so registered voters in South Dakota and Montana) on Clinton’s insistence that SHE is the chosen one, will end only on her terms and nobody else’s. But will it end? And when? And how?
According to The AP delegate count, the race is already over. Victory Obama. A sweeping wave of superdelegate endorsements have finally tipped the scales and even more will announce tonight. In essence, the number 32 at right is all but irrelevant. Eleven state governors initially supported Clinton and now, as the good ol AP writes, will they flip the switch just like that?
What exactly is the Clinton campaign thinking? She’s not really still thinking about an RFK-like June surprise, one must hope.
Audio of Clinton and Obama speeches thanks to Dave Winer.
There were several points in tonight’s debate in which Hillary Clinton seemed — rhetorically, at least — to be getting near the end of her game campaign-wise. Undoubtedly running out of steam — her campaign initially figured on securing the nomination after February 5 — she had very little going her way tonight. For every time she slammed Bush policies, she used them to back up her own, not to mention her complicity in shaping many failed Bush policies (Obama joined the Senate in January 2005, well after Congress allowed BushCo to open up the trap doors to Quagmire-ville).
I thought she was gonna cry again toward the end as she waxed sentimental in a way reminiscent of her pre-New Hampshire speech. But it was a strong closing in that she sounded warm and almost likeable even as she shifts her speech from saying “I will” to “I would …. as president.”
But in my opinion Clinton shot herself in the foot with the poorly-timed and horribly-received “change you can Xerox” line. CNN and AP immediately seized on this line, with AP calling it an accusation of “political plagiarism.”
In a typical two-faced HRC maneuver, however, she followed the Xerox line by arguing “If you look at the YouTube of these videos, it does raise questions.” (No really, look at the YouTube below….) I actually admired the iconoclastic paradigm presented by Clinton’s careless phrasing and felt a bit of jealousy (of Obama’s gift for rally gab) in her tone.
It’s not officially over until after Texas and Ohio in a couple weeks at the very least. But is she subconsciously conceding the race? Is it, for all intents and purposes, over?
Many people on all sides think so.
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